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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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I do understand your concerns, and you have to do what you feel is best for your child. Always go with what your mommy instincts tell you! You were obviously right on to keep giving him motrin, as it probably helped to ease the pain of the ear infection! Mommy instincts are usually always right! I had only wanted to ease your mind about the fever, as I've been there many times with my own girls!

So glad your baby is doing better now! It's no fun when our little ones are sick and can't tell us why!

LadyLindsey, your doctors are all 100% right in that cold medicine [I]can[/I] cause death in a child under the age of 2.... but they can also cause death in just about anyone.... in fact, over the last couple of years, they've been going back and forth on whether or not to take medications off the shelves for kids aged 6-12 years old! Most experts are divided on this issue. Those that make recommendations to not give cold medicine to a child under age 2 base those opinions on:

1. OTC cold meds don't "cure" a cold
2. So many parents don't use common sense when they give their child medication and they overdose and kill their children.

A [I]proper[/I] dose of cold medicine given at bedtime to ease symptoms enough for a child to sleep isn't dangerous, and might actually help a child get better faster, as the best way to get over an illness is by getting enough sleep, which is hard to do if you're coughing and sniffling all night long. I have a dry erase board hanging in the medicine cabinet and we write down every time we give medicine to any of our kids.... that way if meds need to be given in the middle of the night, we can look there and know if it's time for meds, or when the next time will be.

ANYWAY.... I'm not saying you're wrong, because you're not! Cold meds [I]can[/I] cause death in children under 2, and if your mommy instincts say not to give them, then you have to go with what your instincts tell you. :)

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